No one wants their private information falling into the wrong hands, but this is especially true of the younger generation, as they lack the resources to address such a compromise directly, and parents often don’t think to monitor their child’s personal records or usage.Yet, student information is out there, though, which means, personally identifiable information (PII) about children is as much in jeopardy of being compromised as the data collected around any other group.Despite the fact that all data is at risk, legislation safeguards the collection, storing, and sharing of student data more than any other public sector; however, they need strict regulations to protect everyone’s private information, not just that of students.According to FierceGovernmentIT, senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reintroduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act which will, if passed, set forth requirements for collecting student data, but what are the risks … [Read more...] about Whose privacy matters most?
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With hundreds of millions of user accounts, MySpace is the Internet's most recognizable (and reviled) social network. From teenagers to grandmas, seemingly everybody has a page. But Rupert Murdoch's online leviathan may not be the best option for satisfying your Web communication needs. Nimble new startup companies are creating both general-purpose and specialized services--all of them free, just as MySpace is--that could get you a job, find you a date, connect you with friends new and old, and fill your life with beautiful music.With so many social networks dotting the Web, though, it's hard to know which ones are worth your time and bandwidth. To help clarify things, we examined 17 alternatives to MySpace in five broad categories: general-purpose, special-purpose, taste-based, mobile, and media-sharing social networks. As we discuss our findings, we'll also offer a few tips for maintaining your safety and privacy, finding friends online, and getting the most out of each service. … [Read more...] about The right social network for you
I logged onto Facebook one day and saw that my mild-mannered Swedish cousin “Susan," an accomplished architect who has worked on projects all over the world, had a status update that I can’t repeat here--an R-rated proposition to any interested man who happened to be reading her page. Coming from her, this type of message was a real jolt.Later I found out that she’d been at an Internet café and had neglected to sign out of the computer she was using. Whoever happened to use that machine after her clearly couldn’t resist the temptation to fill in her status with something obscene.Along the same lines, another friend’s status regularly reads, “Jenny has pooped her pants,” whenever she fails to log off of the computer she shares with her loving but not-very-tasteful husband.These are examples of the most basic Facebook prank known to members: The ol’ fill-in-somebody-else’s-status-when-they-forgot-to-sign-out trick. It happens … [Read more...] about How to Punk Somebody on Facebook
Google's announced a new addition to its list of Gmail Labs offerings: a built-in Google Search feature. The option, once activated, adds a Web search box onto the left side of your inbox, letting you get results without having to do the extra work.Gmail Labs: Integrated Google SearchThe integrated Google Search option could prove to be pretty handy for regular Gmail users: Click on a result, and it opens in a new window. Go back to your inbox, and you can easily click to insert the link into an e-mail or chat session.The built-in Google Search is just the latest in a growing menu of experimental Gmail Labs features. As is often the case with Google's array of services, some are killer additions worthy of the word "awesome," while others are ill-fated flops that seem to have death sentences from day one. With today's strong addition, we thought we'd take a look back at five of the best and five of the worst other Gmail Labs options introduced over the past months.The Best of Gmail … [Read more...] about Gmail Labs Five Best and (Five Worst) Features
Google's announced a new addition to its list of Gmail Labs offerings: a built-in Google Search feature. The option, once activated, adds a Web search box onto the left side of your inbox, letting you get results without having to do the extra work. Gmail Labs: Integrated Google SearchThe integrated Google Search option could prove to be pretty handy for regular Gmail users: Click on a result, and it opens in a new window. Go back to your inbox, and you can easily click to insert the link into an e-mail or chat session.The built-in Google Search is just the latest in a growing menu of experimental Gmail Labs features. As is often the case with Google's array of services, some are killer additions worthy of the word "awesome," while others are ill-fated flops that seem to have death sentences from day one. With today's strong addition, we thought we'd take a look back at five of the best and five of the worst other Gmail Labs options introduced over the past months. The Best of Gmail … [Read more...] about Gmail Labs’ 5 Best and 5 Worst Features
Five years ago, if you were to tell someone in Charlotte, NC that you were an entrepreneur, they would most likely respond with the question, "When did you get fired from the bank?" North Carolina has long been a hub for big tech companies, but startups are moving in and entrepreneurs are starting to get some respect.Entrepreneurship in the Tar Heel State has been moving past the "bless your heart" platitudes, and the Great Recession was one of the catalysts for that movement. In 2008, the community at large, was shocked into the realization that startups can play a valuable role as a part of the state economy. The tech startup scene in North Carolina has actually been vibrant for quite some time, but the newfound support from the larger community is helping to propel it forward. The world of startup funding is flattening out as internet resources can, more easily, connect investors to their investments. Entrepreneurs now have the ability to pick and choose where they want to … [Read more...] about From textiles to tech: North Carolina’s journey to becoming a startup epicenter
Nearly $27 billion dollars was invested by venture capitalists in 2012. That $27 billion was invested across 3,723 deals, making the average deal hover at a little over $7 million.While that number may seem staggering to many people, it's about average for VC investments made since the dot com bubble burst between 2000 and 2001, according to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Yes, the economic impact of the dot com bubble was horrendous, but it did spawn a renewed sense of innovation in startup development. Companies are running leaner than ever, and because of that VCs are more willing to invest in companies who don't pride themselves on their burn rate. Still, raising venture capital funding can be a risky business if you aren't realistic about what to expect.Here are some things to think about if you are considering raising your first round. The venture capital investment process is a complicated one and potential companies are vetted thoroughly before they are … [Read more...] about The dark side of venture capital: Five things startups need to know
Australia's startup ecosystem has come a long way over the past two decades, but there remains a big difference between the local market and the homeland of the ecosystem that it is working to emulate: Silicon Valley. The domestic startup sector is seeing more and more entrants vying to pony up money to help early stage businesses get off the ground, but when it comes to more substantial later-stage funding, the dollars tend to dry up. However, the economic foundations underlying California's technology sector — and the United States' tech industry in general — run far and deep, with numerous wells from which to draw rich seams of funding. Some of the larger venture capital firms in the country manage funds worth billions of dollars. In March this year, US venture capital firm Accel Partners raised two new funds with a combined value of $1.48 billion. The organisation alone manages funds that claim a cumulative value of more than $8 billion. … [Read more...] about Less is more for Australian startups
Few technology investors have as storied a history as Peter Thiel. The former PayPal co-founder went on to found Palantir, Clarium Capital, and Founders Fund, and became the first outside investor in Facebook in 2004.In his new book, Zero to One, Thiel shares what he has learned over the past 16 years as a startup founder and venture capitalist. In the book, Thiel explores the traits shared by successful companies and what he believes makes them truly unique and innovative. Going from zero to one is the concept of doing something entirely new and innovative for the first time. Thiel contrasts this with the concept of going from one to n, which represents globalization and scaling. He believes the world will need need both technology and globalization in the 21st century, but he is focused more on building innovative companies, hence the title Zero to One. According to Thiel, most people see the future in terms of globalization, not new technology. He believes, though, that … [Read more...] about Peter Thiel: Entrepreneur. Investor. Author. Former national chess master.
When I was a kid we used to have ‘book fairs’ at school. Once or twice a year, a room in the school would be transformed into a bookstore. Folding tables were covered in paperbacks. I remember glossy biographies of celebrities, movie novelizations, and TV show themed graphic novels. Kids loved shopping. Regular books, recommended by our teachers, perfectly suited to our reading levels, were so much shinier and more exciting than the well-worn books in the library. Other than the awkward socio-economic realities it forced us to face–some kids had basically a blank check from their parents on book fair days–it was awesome. I assume that in exchange for hosting the publishers, the school got a kick back. Some percentage of each sale likely went to the operating budget and kids were exposed to more ‘literacy.’ It sounds like a great deal. Everybody wins. But those were different times: back before the internet, long before we lost trust in corporate … [Read more...] about What’s So Bad About Big Data In Little Classrooms?